New York State Independence Party Backs Pro-Marriage Equality Republican

The Atlantic
July 27, 2009
In the special election to replace New York State Representative John McHugh (R-N.Y.), the centrist New York Independence Party announced Friday that it was endorsing state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, the Republican nominee, who has voted twice for marriage equality and been handily re-elected. [Link]

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Take Action Now for Maine

Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, posted today on Facebook:
"As we work to win marriage in NY, NJ, and DC, I made a personal contribution to Maine Freedom to Marry, knowing that early money is key to defending the victory we won there against the anti-gay forces seeking to take it away in November. Please join me in donating now:

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Campaign to save Maine’s marriage law is launched. Opponents hired Yes on Prop. 8 campaign manager t

June 18, 2009
In Maine, new laws can be challenged via the referendum process. On the plus side, the campaign to save Maine's marriage law has been launched -- and they've got a kick-ass campaign manager leading the effort. This won't be another Prop. 8 from our side. There won't be turf battles and outsize egos. It will be a sophisticated operation combining some of the best political talent with the excellent field operation already established by Equality Maine. The political action committee running the campaign will be called "Maine Freedom to Marry." Meanwhile, the Press Herald confirmed that our opponents in Maine are going to hire the firm of Frank Schubert, who ran the Yes on Prop. 8 campaign in California. Schubert knows where to find money, so Maine Freedom to Marry needs our help and our support. [Link]

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Out of the closet

The Pheonix
June 3, 2009

Al Diamon writes about how effective Equality Maine's strategy has been and continues to be in winning and protecting marriage equality in Maine: "The marriage-equality bill sailed through the legislative process not because it wasn't controversial, but because Equality Maine had carefully laid the groundwork...Six months ago, I'd have given same-sex marriage about the same chance of winning a popular vote in Maine as I'd give Republicans of gaining control of the Legislature: zero. Now, I think the odds are close to even. And the momentum is all going one way." (Link)

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Referendum to overturn domestic partner law moving forward

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 19, 2009

On the same day Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill granting same sex domestic partners all the state protections of married couples, the attorney general released details of a referendum aimed at overturning the new law. (Link)

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Opponents Already Challenging Marriage Equality in Maine

New York Times
May 7, 2009
Anti-gay forces have already filed a formal challenge to Maine's newly enacted marriage equality legislation, setting into motion plans for a possible public vote that could occur in November, 2009 or June, 2010. Equality Maine and its partners vow to defend the freedom to marry. [link]

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Push for Marriage Meets Election Concerns in NJ

The New York Times
January 1, 2009
Though political leaders in N.J. are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, the governor and all 80 members of the Assembly are up for re-election in November, which may delay a vote on the issue. [Link]

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